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post #1 of 20 Old 05-06-2009, 02:52 PM Thread Starter
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Spring shots!

It's that time of year again. The vet's coming out next week to give shots to all the horses at my barn. Jubilee's very good for the vet, so it shouldn't be a problem. Last year she got Influenza, Eastern, Western, West Nile, Tetanus Toxoid and Rabies. I'm not sure exactly what the shots will be this year ... I'm from Ontario.

Just curious...
- How much do you pay for shots?
- Is your horse good for the vet?
- What shots does your horse get?

Please share!

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post #2 of 20 Old 05-06-2009, 02:59 PM
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I'm in AB and I got 5 way, rhino and WNV. I totally forget how much I paid, but probably a lot less than everyone else because my vet gives me a discount :P
My young horse just kind of winces for shots, but our older horse acts like he's going to die. We got their teeth done at the same time and even under sedation the older one was half way to rearing when he saw the needles. He is getting a lot better though, and the vet is really good and makes them quick, pinches the skin, etc.
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post #3 of 20 Old 05-06-2009, 03:58 PM
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Vets just left a few hours ago. Their computer print out wasn't working, so I don't have a break down but I paid $257 today. They are coming back in three weeks to give the other shot (rhino/flu) and float the teeth.

Today they got Rabies, West Nile, Tetanus, EWE .

T is a trooper, you could practically toss darts at her and she wouldn't flinch. Walka has always been terrified , but last year he was wonderful. Tense and scared, but he stood still and took it like a brave gelding! This year was even better then last! So proud of my big boy, he's growing up (should be, at age 11 ).
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post #4 of 20 Old 05-06-2009, 04:30 PM
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i pay 130ish for everything.
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post #5 of 20 Old 05-06-2009, 04:36 PM
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Ours was out last week and I haven't gotten the bill yet We get all the above plus the coggins test on the mares. We cross state lines with them and they have to have pretty much everything they can get with the health certificate.
The fillys we don't get the coggins and one other that the mares get since they aren't around other horses.
He checked their teeth and they all need floated so we will have to make a separate appointment for that.
I'll let you know what the bill is

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post #6 of 20 Old 05-06-2009, 04:39 PM
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Do them yourselves, it is much cheaper.

Oh, and to add, I pay roughly $50-$60 a horse, doing them myself.

They get WNV, Rabies, Influenza, Eastern/Western, Tetanus. (A 4-way shot, plus Rabies & NWV as single shots)

They are all very good, even the yearling. :)

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post #7 of 20 Old 05-07-2009, 03:39 PM
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I do them myself. Most of mine are really good, and don't even flinch. I have one who is HARD to do, even with help. A couple that are a little flinchy but not too bad. This year I did them while my farriers were here, so they could help if need be. That worked better than my non-horsey husband for help haha!
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post #8 of 20 Old 05-07-2009, 09:29 PM
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My vet is expensive -I've spent about $250 this year on shots alone. I'm going to have her teach me to do it myself next time she is out, the vaccines themselves are very cheap and I'm mostly paying for labor now. Chance is great getting his vaccinations, but I just read an article on what do with horses who misbehave while getting shots. It said you should practice with a toothpick on your horses neck every day. Just small little pokes for a minute each day, never breaking the skin of course, but enough for them to feel it. After a while they'll get used to it and realize they really aren't that bad.

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post #9 of 20 Old 05-07-2009, 09:48 PM
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We give our mares their shots ourselves also (saves you a ton of $$s), and we don't even have to tie them....just walk up to them and stick them.

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post #10 of 20 Old 05-08-2009, 11:16 AM
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I got a look at my bill yesterday, it was $400 for everything. That's vaccinations for 6 dogs and 4 horses including the house call. Pretty reasonable. Not sure what he is going to charge for the teeth floating. He just got all new power floating equipment so I'm sure he will raise the price.

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